Sauber F1 Team
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It’s all about making up for lost time where Adrian Sutil is concerned.
He missed the whole 2012 season after his suspension following an unseemly incident in a night-club, but in a broader sense he has marked time rather than really progressing during his years in F1’s midfield with Force India.
Making a welcome return in 2013, Sutil made a point straight away by scoring six of them in the first race of the season in Melbourne.
In fact the first half of his season was pretty strong: it yielded 23 of the 29 points he eventually scored on his way to 13th in the Drivers’ Championship.
Those early results included a fine fifth place in Monaco, where Sutil surprised not one World Champion, but two, overtaking both Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso at the famous hairpin.
But by September, apparently, the German was already on the look-out for pastures new – that’s when he made his first visit to Sauber’s Hinwil headquarters.
“The long and successful tradition in motorsport, combined with an impressive factory and one of the best wind tunnels in F1, have been fascinating me for a long time,” said Sutil when the announcement was finally made in December.
“I’ve been in contact with Monisha for a while and she always gave me the feeling my qualities are valued. After six good years driving for Force India, with a lot of highlights, it’s now time to embark on a new challenge.”
What Sauber see in Sutil is not only a quick driver but, more importantly, a mature and experienced man, qualities which will be crucial going into the new era of F1.